One more time, 28 Times Cinema!

28 Times Cinema
Twenty-eight young film lovers will take part in the 28 Times Cinema initiative at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival. For the seventh year in a row, the European Parliament’s LUX Film Prize, in partnership with Cineuropa, Europa Cinemas and the Venice Days, is inviting a group of young cinephiles selected from among the audiences of the arthouse cinema network members, each representing one European country, to participate in the Venice Days. Besides attending debates with film-industry professionals and Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) involved in the LUX Film Prize, contributing to coverage of the events for Cineuropa’s 28 Times Cinema blog and enriching the festival with their original perspectives, the participants will also be in charge of giving out the Venice Days Award for the third year running.
 
This year, the jury will be chaired by singular Canadian writer, photographer and director Bruce LaBruce, who attended the Venice Days back in 2013 with his film Gerontophilia. For 15 days, the participants from all over Europe, united by their passion for film, will compare notes on the 11 films in the running for the Venice Days Award, and on current hot topics on the European film scene. The previous Venice Days Awards given out by the 28 Times Cinema members jury went to Laurent Cantet’s Return to Ithaca (in 2014, with Argentinian director Diego Lerman as president) and Michael Rowe’s Early Winter (in 2015, with Laurent Cantet as president).
 
The varied group is made up of youngsters who have just left school, university students studying film and animation, journalists, bloggers, musicians and actors, as well as historians, engineers and jacks-of-all-trades. Some of them have already found their way into the film industry, and the rest will definitely have come closer after having participated in this year’s event. It is this exchange of passion, cultures, professions and languages that will shape the 13th edition of the Venice Days. The participants are Luzia Johow (Austria), Tamar Cachet (Belgium), Paraskevi Karageorgu (Bulgaria), Polina Zelmanova (Cyprus), Matej Sudarić (Croatia), Maj Rafferty (Denmark), Eva Liisa Sepp (Estonia), Linn Hielm (Finland), Elvire Munoz (France), Cora Frischling (Germany), Evangelos Dimopoulos (Greece), Mónika Bajnóczi (Hungary), Beth Hayden (Ireland), Bianca Ariani (Italy), Patricija Marija Keisa (Latvia), Vladas Rožėnas (Lithuania), Kiyan Agadjani (Luxembourg), Sarah Chircop (Malta), Matthijs van der Veer (the Netherlands), Kamil Klamut (Poland), Isabel Pestana (Portugal), b (the Czech Republic), Carla Fotea (Romania), Gregor Petrikovič (Slovakia), Tomi Petek (Slovenia), Adrià Guxens Chaparro (Spain), Clara Gower (Sweden) and Steven Armour (the UK).
 
Lastly, as usual, the Venice Days will be welcoming the three LUX Prize nominees, Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann, Claude BarrasMy Life as a Courgette and Leyla Bouzid’s As I Open My Eyes, for special screenings and in order for film professionals and movie buffs to celebrate their immense quality. This special event serves as preparation for the role of the 28 Times Cinema members as LUX Film Prize Ambassadors, which will allow them to present the fifth edition of the LUX Film Days in their respective countries.
 
All 28 participants will be writing for Cineuropa’s 28 Times Cinema blog, which you can visit here. Stay tuned!